Baird honors Rodgers as Community Player of the Year

    Milwaukee-based Robert W. Baird & Co. Inc. celebrated the philanthropic work of Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers Thursday night, when the firm honored him with the Baird Community Involved Player of the Year Award.

    Steve Booth, president and chief operating officer of Baird, saluted Rodgers with the award during the third annual Wisconsin Sports Awards, held at the Milwaukee School of Engineer’s Kern Center.

    Rodgers received the award for his “ongoing commitment to the community and his support of a wide variety of causes and charitable events,” according a statement from Baird.

    Among Rodgers’ most significant philanthropic efforts has been his support of the Midwest Athletes Against Childhood Cancer, Inc., which centers on funding research of childhood cancer and related blood disorders. Since 2010, Rodgers has hosted a Milwaukee fundraising banquet known as “An Evening with Aaron Rodgers” to benefit the MACC Fund.

    To further Rodgers’ support of the MACC Fund, Baird has committed $5,000 to the organization.

    “Baird is very pleased to recognize Aaron for his dedication and commitment to making a difference by presenting him with the Baird Community Involved Player of the Year Award,” Booth said. “He sets a terrific example of giving back that has inspired many others to do the same. This award aligns well with Baird’s longstanding tradition of giving back to the communities in which our associates live and work.”

    Additionally, Rodgers has supported the Salvation Army and the University of Wisconsin Carbone Cancer Center as well as participated in several sports charity events.

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